$1.7M from Doug Ford Government will result in new beds for Headwaters hospital

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Six more beds will be added to Headwaters Health Care Centre thanks to funding from the province.

As hospitals attempt to play catch-up with the surgical backlog from the COVID-19 shutdown while meeting present-day demands, capacity can pose an issue.

Thanks to the $1.7 million announced by MPP Sylvia Jones on Friday, Oct. 30, Headwaters will be able to improve access to care for its patients.

“Receiving funding for an additional six beds during this time allows us to respond to increased hospital admissions, as well as pressures being experienced across the care system,” said Kim Delahunt, president and CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre.

The funding is part of a $116.5 million investment made to 32 hospitals and health-care facilities across the province, and will provide a total of 766 more beds.

As people have been driven to seek care in communities further away, the hope is this funding will put an end to that.

“This additional funding by the province helps to ensure that patients within our communities can receive the care they deserve close to home,” Jones said. “This will make a difference for families and patients who had to travel further for care.”

Prior to the announcement, which is a one-time investment, the province has provided $234.5 million for 139 critical care beds and 1,349 hospital beds as part of Ontario’s fall preparedness plan.

“Our government is making the necessary investments to quickly and effectively increase capacity and reduce wait times for patients and families in Dufferin-Caledon,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.

The fall preparedness plan, which totals $2.8 billion, has been put in place to address possible surges in COVID-19 cases, reduce health service backlogs and hopefully prevent further backlogs.

“This additional investment will ensure our health-care system is able to respond to future waves of COVID-19 and help patients waiting for surgeries and other procedures get the care they need, faster.”

Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner